As a homeowner, one of the most important parts of your home (if not the most important part) is your roof. Not only is this one of the most expensive parts to repair or replace on your home, but it’s also a common area to find poor workmanship that isn’t up to standard. A roof that has been repaired or installed incorrectly can add up in repair costs in the future. Here are a few signs that your roof was repaired or installed improperly.
Take a Quick Look
Luckily you don’t need to be an expert in roofing to spot a poor quality roof. Roof damage, poor repairs or bad installations can typically be easily seen. There are three things to look out for:
- Missing and/or Damaged Shingles- Are the shingles missing or cracked? Do you see any other signs of damage?
- Stains- Stains on the roof can be a possible sign of leaks. Leaks that are isolated may be fixed without replacing the entire roof
- Uniformity – With usual wear and tear, the roof should wear evenly along each side of the roof. Be sure to inspect that one side isn’t wearing down too quickly than the rest.
The Structure Of The Roof
These are less visible problems but often times have the most damage. With roofs, there’s more to it than just shingles. If the flashing was installed improperly this can cause some major leaks and damage. For a secure and waterproof barrier, underlayment is installed under shingles. If this isn’t is installed incorrectly or not at all, it can shorten the lifespan of your roof and your home will be more prone to leaks. Lastly, if your home is missing a drip edge this can be a major issue. Drip edges lay just above the underlayment, beneath the shingles and should extend over the gutter slightly. This helps keep the water flowing down the roof and into the gutter. If not installed properly, this can cause water to enter your home and cause damage.
A properly installed roof can keep you and your family safe from the outdoor elements. For more information, contact the team at Grant Roofing and Power Washing today.